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May 15, 2013 | Patt Morrison
If you've got your health, the cliche goes, you've got just about everything. If you've got public health duties, you're responsible for just about everything from mosquitoes (West Nile carriers) to hygiene (wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice). Dr. Jonathan Fielding heads L.A. County's Department of Public Health , which is bigger than some states' health departments. A pediatrician by training and the head of the county's health programs since 1998, Fielding is such a believer that he and his wife, Karin, turned savvy investments into a $50-million gift last year to UCLA's School of Public Health.
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March 27, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The head of Los Angeles County's public health department - one of the largest agencies of its kind in the nation - announced he is retiring, now that a controversial campaign to break apart his agency has been abandoned. Jonathan Fielding was named the first head of the public health agency in 2006, when county supervisors separated it from the department that runs the county's large hospitals and network of community medical clinics. He had previously served in a similar position as the county's health officer.
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February 16, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Fielding works 70-hour weeks in a relatively obscure and overwhelming job: He is Los Angeles County's top public health doctor. Friends and colleagues have long praised his professional contributions to the field. But to their surprise, Fielding and his wife are now making another huge contribution: $50 million to the UCLA School of Public Health. The gift, which was to be announced Thursday morning, is the largest single donation the school has received since its creation 50 years ago and will give it a new name: the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health.
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March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of the way the county's public health department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. The officials sharply criticized public health officials over a report that complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes are not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
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March 27, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The head of Los Angeles County's public health department - one of the largest agencies of its kind in the nation - announced he is retiring, now that a controversial campaign to break apart his agency has been abandoned. Jonathan Fielding was named the first head of the public health agency in 2006, when county supervisors separated it from the department that runs the county's large hospitals and network of community medical clinics. He had previously served in a similar position as the county's health officer.
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August 23, 2006
County supervisors voted three to two Tuesday to forgo a national search for a director of public health and appoint Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county health officer, who has served in a similar county role since 1998. Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Mike Antonovich voted to appoint Fielding. Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe voted against. An aide to Molina said she objected to the job's $260,000 salary, which would put Fielding on a par with Sheriff Lee Baca.
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March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of the way the county's public health department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. The officials sharply criticized public health officials over a report that complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes are not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
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April 18, 2013 | Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County health officials on Wednesday began offering free meningitis vaccinations to low-income and uninsured residents while downplaying fears about a potential outbreak of the disease. "We really sympathize with the heightened concern related to meningococcal disease," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county's top health officer. "We hope that by sharing what we know, we'll alleviate some of the anxiety that has surfaced over the last several days. " Fielding held a news conference only days after the sudden death of Brett Shaad, a 33-year-old West Hollywood lawyer who was diagnosed with the disease.
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April 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
West Hollywood city officials and community leaders warned residents Friday about a serious case of  meningococcal infection  recently found in Los Angeles County, a bacteria-caused illness that can lead to potentially deadly  meningitis . "We don't want to panic people," said West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran. "But we learned 30 years ago the consequences of delay in the response to AIDS. We are sounding the alarm that sexually active gay men need to be aware that we have a strain of meningitis that is deadly on our hands.
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May 16, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A mumps outbreak on the East Coast — the largest in the United States in four years — may be spreading to Los Angeles County. Nine cases of mumps have been reported so far this year, two more than were seen in all of 2009, according to county health officer Jonathan Fielding. There is also a rise in whooping cough cases, which killed two infants in L.A. County this year, and an increase in measles cases to four so far in 2010, up from one last year. "I'm always concerned when we see an increase in what has become a rare disease," said Fielding, who added that the infant deaths were particularly disturbing.
OPINION
May 15, 2013 | Patt Morrison
If you've got your health, the cliche goes, you've got just about everything. If you've got public health duties, you're responsible for just about everything from mosquitoes (West Nile carriers) to hygiene (wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice). Dr. Jonathan Fielding heads L.A. County's Department of Public Health , which is bigger than some states' health departments. A pediatrician by training and the head of the county's health programs since 1998, Fielding is such a believer that he and his wife, Karin, turned savvy investments into a $50-million gift last year to UCLA's School of Public Health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County health officials on Wednesday began offering free meningitis vaccinations to low-income and uninsured residents while downplaying fears about a potential outbreak of the disease. "We really sympathize with the heightened concern related to meningococcal disease," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county's top health officer. "We hope that by sharing what we know, we'll alleviate some of the anxiety that has surfaced over the last several days. " Fielding held a news conference only days after the sudden death of Brett Shaad, a 33-year-old West Hollywood lawyer who was diagnosed with the disease.
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April 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
West Hollywood city officials and community leaders warned residents Friday about a serious case of  meningococcal infection  recently found in Los Angeles County, a bacteria-caused illness that can lead to potentially deadly  meningitis . "We don't want to panic people," said West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran. "But we learned 30 years ago the consequences of delay in the response to AIDS. We are sounding the alarm that sexually active gay men need to be aware that we have a strain of meningitis that is deadly on our hands.
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February 16, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Fielding works 70-hour weeks in a relatively obscure and overwhelming job: He is Los Angeles County's top public health doctor. Friends and colleagues have long praised his professional contributions to the field. But to their surprise, Fielding and his wife are now making another huge contribution: $50 million to the UCLA School of Public Health. The gift, which was to be announced Thursday morning, is the largest single donation the school has received since its creation 50 years ago and will give it a new name: the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A mumps outbreak on the East Coast — the largest in the United States in four years — may be spreading to Los Angeles County. Nine cases of mumps have been reported so far this year, two more than were seen in all of 2009, according to county health officer Jonathan Fielding. There is also a rise in whooping cough cases, which killed two infants in L.A. County this year, and an increase in measles cases to four so far in 2010, up from one last year. "I'm always concerned when we see an increase in what has become a rare disease," said Fielding, who added that the infant deaths were particularly disturbing.
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August 23, 2006
County supervisors voted three to two Tuesday to forgo a national search for a director of public health and appoint Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county health officer, who has served in a similar county role since 1998. Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Mike Antonovich voted to appoint Fielding. Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe voted against. An aide to Molina said she objected to the job's $260,000 salary, which would put Fielding on a par with Sheriff Lee Baca.
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June 12, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino and Rong-Gong Lin II
Despite porn industry assurances that an adult film actress' recent positive HIV test is the first since a 2004 outbreak shut down production for a month, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday that at least 16 additional unpublicized cases of HIV have been confirmed in adult film performers. The newly released data bring the number of HIV cases in porn performers in the last five years to 22, including the case disclosed this week.
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